Designing with Color & Light with Nathan Fowkes
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This course is a serious exploration of using color & light to create compelling concept art & environment design for entertainment art projects. Additionally, I'll show you how the production pipeline works at an entertainment design studio & the role of the art department in the design process. We'll go through the entire process of developing an idea by taking it through the stages of thumbnail comp, tonal rough, color rough & final color.
I'll take you step by step through the practical application of:
- Color theory to create powerful color statements.
- Color choices that create a variety of emotional beats for storytelling.
- Designing atmosphere for a sense of environment & mood.
- Lighting design.
- Building your concept art portfolio.
Lesson 1 - Engaging Your Audience
In my first lecture I'll give an introduction & class overview that will put you squarely on the path to engage your audience through the theatrical use of color & light. I'll take you through the entire design & development pipeline for an entertainment project & show you how an art department & individual artists use color & light to create a project that thrills their audience.
Assignment: St&ing on the shoulders of giants: put together a reference file of the most compelling & engaging artwork that you can find & start making thumbnail copies. Reference a range of sources including concept art, photography, fine art, "art of" books, frame capture from films & animated movies, etc. These thumbnail copies will help train you to use color & light effectively & will be the beginning of a habit that keeps your eye fresh throughout your career. Keep each study under an hour each & do at least two a day. You'll turn in a minimum of 10 of these studies for your first week's assignment, be sure to include the original you worked from. Please avoid using the color picker.
Lesson 2 - Believability
Even a high fantasy project has to be believable in order to create an immersive experience for your audience. In this lecture, I will cover principles for underst&ing color & light on a practical level to give a compelling believability to your work.
Assignment: Download the gray scene render provided & paint over it in such a way as to create a sense of lighting that is both believable & dynamic. Use warm light coming from one side & cool light from the other. Consider the interaction of light color & surface color & also the influence of bounce light & subsurface scattering.
Lesson 3 - Harmonies of Color
Color design is potentially complex & confusing but there are simple principles that can make color manageable for you. In this lecture, I'll show you my techniques for organizing the complexities of color into engaging harmonies that will create a sense of mood & environment in your work.
Assignment: Create a color rough of a scene & paint five thumbnail versions of it, creating a different & unique color harmony in each.
Lesson 4 - Color Design & Storytelling
This week, I will focus on the profound relationship between color & emotion. Gaining an underst&ing of which color combinations elicit specific emotional responses in your audience will enhance your ability to tell a complex visual story.
Assignment: This will be similar to last week's assignment but now we'll target specific emotions. Create a concept rough of any subject or scene you like & rework it five times using different color combinations to create a dramatically different sense of mood & emotion in each. Label each scene with the emotion you're intending to convey.
Lesson 5 - Photoshop Demonstration (I)
In this demonstration, I'll apply the techniques taught in the previous lessons in a demo done in Photoshop to show how lighting, color design & harmony work together in a concept illustration.
Assignment: Create a new concept illustration of any subject that interests you based on the principles taught in the demonstration. Emphasize creating a compelling sense of environment through the use of color & light.
Lesson 6 - Light & Atmosphere
Atmospheric effects can have a profound impact on the emotional content of an environment. This week, I will share my tips & techniques for creating a sense of mood & environment in a piece of work using the effects of light & atmosphere.
Assignment: Download the frame render provided & paint over it to create an illustration that powerfully emphasizes a sense of atmosphere. Take care to subdue any details or contrasts that distract from the overall atmospheric effect.
Lesson 7 - Designing with Light
Guiding the audience with passages of light & shadow can be one of your most powerful artistic skills. In this lecture, I will show you how to use light & shadow as design elements to guide the eye & tell a story.
Assignment: Over the course of the next 3 weeks we will be taking on the challenge of developing a leading portfolio piece. You'll create a final concept illustration of any subject that interests you based on the principles taught throughout the class. Emphasize creating a compelling sense of story through the use of value, color & light; go through the development process by beginning with sketches, a tonal rough & then a color rough. Due next week: numerous quick sketches exploring & developing your idea. Settle on a final idea & present it as a value comp (value only, no color).
Lesson 8 - Photoshop Demonstration (II)
This lecture will consist of my Photoshop demo bringing together all the techniques & principles we have discussed into a concept illustration. We'll focus on how to keep the complexities & challenges of concept illustration manageable & organized.
Assignment (2 weeks): Create a final concept illustration of any subject that interests you based on the principles taught throughout the class. Emphasize creating a compelling sense of story through the use of color & light; go through the development process by beginning with sketches, a tonal rough & then a color rough.
Lesson 9 - Dynamic Design with Color & Light: Color Scripting
A color script addresses the color & light design of an entire project sequentially rather than in a single illustration. My final lecture will combine principles from all the previous week as I show you how to get all the different elements of dynamic color & light design working together in the form of a color script.
Assignment: Continuing from previous week, take your illustration to a finish striving for a portfolio quality image. This is an opportunity to show what you can do, so knock it out of the park!
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